Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
I've never been into the frilly pink princess crap. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against cherishing your daughter or reading fairy tales. But I don't want my girls growing up thinking only heels and diamonds make you beautiful or that they need a man to rescue them in order to be happy. I enjoyed this glimpse into the disgustingly commercialized world of little girls today. Let's remember the kind of women we want to raise and make smart decisions. I'm all for dress-up, imaginative play, and reading... but you might find me gently steering my girls away from all the Disney crap on the shelves.
Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay by Stefanie Wilder Taylor
This is a cute collection of first-baby stories and new mom lessons. I enjoyed it and got quite a few laughs. I found myself nodding along, thinking "yep, so true!" Mainly it made me kick myself for not writing it myself. I'll pass this book along to pregnant friends and then I'll read her next book: Naptime is the New Happy Hour and Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down.
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Ugh... Where to begin? The authors might be skinny (I don't know for sure), but that happens to be the only thing that qualifies them to write this book. They make many unsupported claims, and most of them I disagree with. Their blunt writing style is meant to be funny, but just strikes me as haughty and persnickety. They shun pretty much everything yummy... alcohol, sugar, starches, meat, animal products, milk, etc. About the only thing I agreed with is their support of breastfeeding. A diet of tofu, celery and water? No thanks. You may be skinny, but you're a bitch because you're hungry.
*Photos "borrowed" from Amazon.com. So sue me.